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alert. more trouble in the middle east. this is in cairo, egypt. you can see the teargas wafting through the streets as protestors take to tahrir square and other places to protest against that country's new president, mohammed morsi. he has just assigned himself sweeping new powers. this comes after he helped broker that peace between -- that cease-fire between hamas and israel. perhaps thinking that he is suddenly a leader on the world stage he decided to announce that all of the decisions he has made since assuming office in january cannot be challenged by the egyptian courts. as you can see a number of especially young people in egypt none too pleased about this. they have been protesting in cairo and alexandria and other places. morsi of course an islamist, a member of the muslim brotherhood, the ideological ally of hamas. it is yet to be seen what the response will be from the obama administration to these new powers that he has awarded himself. he has also ordered a new trial for his predecessor hosni mubarak. we will continue to watch the troubles developing inee lit up and the p
you overseas where the u.s. embassy in cairo is shutting its doors to the public today as police clash with demonstrators in a new round of violent protests in tahrir square. all this comes as we wait to hear from president morsi who's expected to appear on egyptian television, and it could be his appearance as soon as this hour. steve harrigan's in cairo with more. steve? >> reporter: jenna, the protesters are out behind me for the or seventh night in a row, and as you mentioned, part of the u.s. embassy -- the part that deals with the public and visitor -- was shut down today not because the embassy was targeted, but really because of fears of peripheral violence. this whole section of downtown cairo has seen large street protests for the last several days, police and protesters exchanging rocks and tear gas. two buildings on this street were set on fire overnight. those blazes are now out. we are expecting to see egypt's president in a taped television address later today. he'll likely be introducing a new constitution that's being voted on by the assembly now. that constitution can
, and ten to cairo. >> reporter: even if there is a cease-fire in the hours ahead nobody in the region or at the white house thinks it is a guarantee the cease-fire will hold. this escalating violence over shadowing the president's trip to asia, that's as you note he dispatched secretary of state hillary clinton. she is expected to land in the next few hours. the bottom line is ben rosa top counsel security aid in the white house troflg with th traveling with the president today said there was a clear goal in mind. >> this will under take the engagement with leaders in the region to support deescalation of the violence and a durable outcome that ends the rocket attack in israeli cities and restores broader calm in the region. >> reporter: it's long known the secretary will be stepping down, that's been her plan all along. this was supposed to be her last trip with president obama overseas, a grueling trip to asia now has been extended by a couple of days as she goes to the mideast very quickly working right down to the wire to try and help solve this situation, jon. jon: obviously, eve
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